KAPOW '12: Director Jeff Wadlow Talks KICK-ASS 2 And Bringing Back Chloë Moretz As Hit-Girl

The writer and director of Kick-Ass 2 talks for the first time about working on the movie, revealing that production has already begun on the sequel and sharing his thoughts on the story, bringing back Chloë Moretz as Hit-Girl and much more.

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By Josh Wilding - 5/19/2012
At a panel with fellow director's Gareth Edwards (Monsters) and Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes) today at the Kapow! Comic Convention, the writer and director of Kick-Ass 2 has talked for the first time about taking on the highly anticipated adaptation of the Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. Series. He was also quizzed by a fan as to whether or not Chloë Moretz, now 15 years of age, will return as Hit-Girl. Below are his comments in full, but stay tuned to CBM today as we bring you updates on both Godzilla and Supercrooks, both of which will be directed by the two other film makers who were on the panel.

"Well, I can tell you that I'm here in London because we're making the movie. They brought me over about a week ago and I'm going to be here for about a year. It's happening. Our first day of photography is in September. It's all moving forward. I wrote the script over the holidays. I'm just very happy to be here and I'm very lucky to be working with Matthew Vaughn, whose just an incredible producer. Obviously he's a fantastic writer and director, but he's produced even more movies than he's directed and he's having a tremendous experience so far. It's moving forward and it's happening."

"It's been an interesting process because for those of you who know the property really well, the movie takes some significant liberties with the first comic book. So then Mark did the sequel to the comic book which is Kick-Ass 2. So I had sort of this movie and the comic book and I had to find the intersection. An adaptation was quite a challenge, but one that I really enjoyed and loved. I think the most important thing that's gonna change from the Kick-Ass 2 comic to Kick-Ass 2 the movie was just really finding an emotional story to tell. Because what I certainly loved about the first film, and what I think elevated it above most comic book adaptations, is the heart and the emotion in the film. It was sort of my challenge as the film maker and storyteller to find something as emotional in the second film and I think we have some stuff that people are gonna really respond to."

"Well, nothing is official yet. But I had breakfast with Chloe two weeks ago and she's read the script and she's very excited about what we're doing with Hit-Girl. If you've read the comic, you know, she gives up being Hit-Girl, which was a brilliant idea I thought on Mark's part. It's something I explore something quiet deeply in the movie because what happens in the comic is she sort of steps away from the story in many ways and she's sort of sidelined while Dave is working with Justice Forever and Chris is becoming the Motherfucker. But I was quite interested in what happens to her when she's not being Hit-Girl. Her story is a major, major part of the film and she's excited about the ideas and we're in talks."


While I was initially a little surprised by the choice of Jeff Wadlow, hearing him talk about the film made it clear that he's the right man for the job. The panel lasted for over 45 minutes and he also went into great detail about being a writer and director. Personally, I would say that it most definitely seems as if the sequel to Matthew Vaughn's 2010 hit is in very good hands indeed.

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marvel72 - 5/19/2012, 1:01 PM
getting abit old to play hit-girl.
ManofSteel22 - 5/19/2012, 1:17 PM
I loved the first one,its the only film besides the avengers that I even bothered going to cinema over 3 times to see,but I wouldnt see it if chloe didnt come back,dont care how old she
TheSensationalSpiderman - 5/19/2012, 1:22 PM
Just because Matt isn't directing doesn't mean it won't be good.
Talontd - 5/19/2012, 1:37 PM
Sooooooooo, she's in.......?

Hope they explain how she went from this...



To this....

MetropolisMarvel - 5/19/2012, 1:53 PM
It's ironic because the actress who plays her is currently trying to grow up too fast...
ralfinader - 5/19/2012, 2:10 PM
@IronFan93 - Not likely. Even the name of the movie alone probably will get it an R, not to mention the villian's new name.
MovieMaster - 5/19/2012, 2:35 PM
@Slaine- Gareth Edwards and Nacho Vigowhatever were there too, and they both gave small updates on their movies. Supercrooks is shooting next year, Godzilla news is coming soon and Kick-Ass 2 is shooting in September.
Ghostt - 5/19/2012, 3:10 PM
I have no idea who Ladlow is, but he's got some big shoes to fill.

@ Talontd what happened to that little girl. She looks like she has already had work done.
CampBlood - 5/19/2012, 3:46 PM
and the pedobears of the interwebs rejoice
JorLBola - 5/19/2012, 4:35 PM
In fact she is getting very cute... Also the actor who plays kick ass is getting older so, who cares... agree with the time line thing.
csdot - 5/19/2012, 4:46 PM
i dont get everyone taking issue for her being older now. if Chloe is older why wouldnt Hit-Girl be? nobody said this movie takes place the next day. Dark Knight Rises takes place 8 years later, 2 or 3 isnt a big deal.
longbowhunter - 5/19/2012, 4:46 PM
I'd be okay if they went in a totally different direction than volume 2 did. Didnt care much for it.
DrMarvelite23 - 5/19/2012, 8:04 PM
I think if they follow the formula from kick ass the movie then kick ass 2 the book would be great to see on the big screen
Luigi - 5/19/2012, 9:15 PM
Ugggghh... Why this guy?
Godzillafart - 5/20/2012, 2:43 AM
@Owlman: Right now? A hell of a lot more people than care about an Ant-Man movie.
dreddhead123 - 5/20/2012, 4:26 AM
OT

I'm amazed there is no Dredd film stand/presentation/q and a meeting at Kapow!

I guess the film must be utter crap if the producers don't dare to promote it at a UK comics convention. How sad.
TankD - 5/20/2012, 9:14 AM
I dont know if you guys watched that movie Hick she was in but she doesnt look that much older on camera. just set the movie a couple years after the first one problem solved.
DukeAcureds - 5/20/2012, 9:33 AM
So [frick]ing stupid. Why? Here's why:
1) She's too old.
2) Nobody wants Kick Ass 2, they want a Hit Girl movie.
3) Kick Ass 2 was written in a way that it didn't step all over the alterations in the movie adaptation. It doesn't need changing.
4)Kick Ass 2 was refreshingly heartless. More Millar, less Vaughn.
5) [frick] you.
6) She's too old.
7) Hit Girl movie! Before she's too old for that, too!!
Ha1frican - 5/20/2012, 9:51 AM
TBH i really didn't like Kick Ass at all beyond Hit-Girl (i was excited when Nick Cage died but he managed to be annoying at that too) but im glad people who did like it are getting a sequel because who knows it could turn out great the premise did show promise it just wasn't executed well at all in the first IMO
CampBlood - 5/20/2012, 11:46 AM
http://static.fjcdn.com/pictures/HitGirl_05bd2d_623641.jpg
ShadowWolf8282 - 5/20/2012, 4:55 PM
who cares how old she is? she's still young and besides.. she IS Hit Girl!! it would be stupid to recast her.. i know ALOT of people wouldnt watch it if she wasn't Hit Girl... Chloe all the way!!

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